Nashville has become one of the biggest hot spots over the past decade. Known for their live music, exciting nightlife, the release of up and coming musicians, Nashville has also been recognized for their cuisine and restaurant options. APEX Specialty Vehicles has partnered with hundreds of national brands to fabricate custom food trucks so let’s take a look at one of our most recent builds in the APEX Project Spotlight: Custom Panini Food Truck.

Related: Nashville hosts hundreds of food truck festivals and musical events each year, so we wanted to share a few of the upcoming events we found that may interest you! Nashville Food Truck Festival: Saturday, March 28, 2020  |  Click here for a list of several upcoming events within the Nashville area.

This project spotlight: Custom Panini Food Truck focuses on Mrs. Grissom’s food truck grilling up their famous paninis, chicken salad, pimento cheese, and other grilled favorites! The custom build features a collaboration in the design and engineering of Mrs. Grissom’s team and the APEX engineering and design, team.

Project Spotlight: Custom Panini Food Truck


The history of this food truck is quite unique! It all began in 1955 when a young secretary named Grace Grissom, a young Knoxville, Tennessee secretary, dreamed about owning her own business. One of Grace’s friends had a small, struggling company nearby that made prepared sandwiches spreads and sold them through local grocery stores. Grace instinctively knew this was the business she had dreamed of starting.

Grace, and husband Herbert, became business partners with their friends and before long were making major improvements in the way the products were made and sold. Within a year, the Grissom’s bought out their partners and Mrs. Grissom’s Salads was born.

Today, the company continues to manufacture branded products from Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the food truck, customers include grocery chain stores, dollar stores, and independent grocers. The commitment to producing and distributing our product continues on all the Grissom branded products.

Fast forward to the present day, and you’ll understand how and why Mrs. Grissom’s continues to succeed. The brand is well respected and continues to evolve. The latest evolution is the launch of their custom food truck. This was designed and built to streamline the same quality of their products in brick and mortar locations. The adaptation of social media presence has also come along with their brand, as seen on Instagram:


This food truck offers the flexibility to set up at weekend festivals as well as operate daily at events and corporate lunches. The ability to have a brick and mortar location to replenish the food truck is extremely helpful to utilize their fresh ingredients.

The Grissom’s food truck features a fully equipped custom kitchen. The team at APEX started the process with the design and engineering of the project to ensure the vision was implemented correctly. APEX has an in-house design and engineering team that partners with clients to visually, structurally, and functionally bring their project to life using 3D renderings and design software. This custom food truck has an oversized exterior serving window and high-end equipment.

What’s a big difference between specialty builders like APEX and other job shops? APEX offers stock built truck and trailer options, which can be ready in four weeks! Each stock build is equipped with high-end, ROI-generating equipment. APEX’s in-house design and engineering team develop each stock truck and trailer by taking the most impressive features from previous builds and bringing the visions to life. What are some of the differences?

Easy to Clean Surfaces

Operating a food truck can be… messy! APEX builds out our food trucks with the mess in mind. Our stainless steel countertops are easy to clean and will withstand the rigors of mobile food truck life. In addition, our rubber flooring is non-slip and easy to clean after a day on the road. The serving windows, cooking equipment, and storage shelving are easily kept sterile and sanitary throughout your daily operation.

Built Code-Compliancy

APEX builds your food trucks to meet even the most stringent codes. With extensive experience building food trucks for California and New York, our team will ensure your truck is ready to hit the road with consideration to all factors: mechanical functionality, aesthetics, safety/health compliance, and business codes.

High Quality Equipment

We understand the importance of operating a highly functional and profitable food truck. The majority of APEX customers invest in a food truck to replace an additional brick and mortar storefront or are established business owners that plan to incorporate food truck revenue into their business plans.

Design Investment

Understanding that the APEX Custom series is your solution is like beginning from a blank canvas. Our design and engineering team will lead you through the proper channels of understanding your exact needs for your custom truck. We invest over 40 hours of engineering and design time into each of our design builds. Our APEX standard is to provide you with the WOW factor, but also a functional and profitable solution.

Ready to check out the stock builds? 

About APEX:
APEX Specialty Vehicles is the premier fabricator for food trucks, experiential vehicles, and specialty projects. Focusing on design, innovation, and product endurance, APEX has provided exceptional quality over the past ten years in business, providing over 700 brands and restaurant owners a superior build averaging 98% success rate years after completion. APEX houses a state-of-the-art facility of over 50,000 square feet with an in-house design and engineer team, project managers, and certified fabricators installed the highest quality equipment.

Quality is king, and APEX is committed to providing the highest quality process, product, and post-service. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, APEX integrates continuous improvement into their business model and works to achieve the best possible product for our customers.

In addition to providing an exceptionally built custom vehicle, APEX backs our fabrication with an unmatched 5-year warranty. APEX supports and facilitates the repair process for any warranty/craftsmanship issues, no matter where in the country the truck is located.